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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 28, 2007 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Since smi2les the Troll hijacked this thread when it was posted a few months ago, Cliff will try again...



The bands first "self contained" tour (The Quick & The Dead), is an amazing sweet spot in their musical history, as far as extended free-form jamming is concerned.

The band sounds radically different from late 1967. The simple R & B numbers are being phased out in favor of new original material that is played en suite, facilitating lysergicaly infused/inspired jamming. Within three months, the band again sounds completely different, as they concentrate on the material that would become Live Dead.

"It had taken them three years, but the elements of talent and material had welded themselves into a powerful whole. Before, Garcia's licks and Pigpen's presence had carried them, but now they were a solid ensemble that could swing..." Dennis McNally

Recordings of only a half-dozen of the nine tremendous shows performed on this tour exists here (top-notch soundboards), but each one contains some extraordinary improvisations, and certainly some of the most mind-bending jamming the Grateful Dead have ever performed...


1/20/68 - Eureka Municipal Auditorium Eureka, CA

Jam > Clementine > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross Eyed > Spanish Jam > Caution Jam > Dark Star

Source: SB (Jools)
Sound: A-/A
Score: 99+ pts

Comments:
Dubbed a "Pot Orgy" by the local press, this extraordinary show is as jazzy as any show in 1973/74, who cares that the Dark Star fades out.

Highlights:
The entire show is amazing! Pig is playing extremely well! Dynamite Clementine, Potato, Spanish Jam.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf



1/22/68 - Eagles Auditorium Seattle, WA

Alligator, Cryptical Envelopement-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> New Potato Caboose-> Born Cross-Eyed-> Spanish Jam-> Dark Star-> China Cat Sunflower-> The Eleven-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback

Source: SB (Weiner)
Sound: B+/A- Slight hiss
Score: 98+ pts

Comments:
Sick feedback segment is on Anthem. This must have been one of the rare times Weir was able to concentrate, he plays extremely well!

Highlights:
Check out the Jer/Bob interplay during the cool jam towards the end of Alligator. Probably the best-ever version of Spanish Jam. Between Jerrys Flamenco licks, sinister chords from Bobby, and the Malaguena from Billy/Mickey, this one sounds like it should be the soundtrack to a Sergio Leone western!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-22.sbd.weiner.8583.sbeok.shnf



1/23/68 - Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Clementine > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross Eyed > Spanish Jam

Source: SB (Jools)
Sound: A
Score: 97 pts

Comments:
Spanish Jam is cut.

Highlights:
Snappy drums! Clementine is played slower as a shuffle, sounds different every time they play it! Nice Cryptica/Other One/Cryptical.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-23.sbd.jools.20347.sbeok.shnf



1/27/68 - Eagles Auditorium Seattle, WA

Spanish Jam

Source: SB (Hollister)
Sound: A-
Score: 95+ pts

Highlights:
This 12 minute Spanish Jam, which has Phil high in the mix, sounds like a gunfight on Acid!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-27.sbd.jools.14736.sbeok.shnf


2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Viola Lee Blues > Feedback ; Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Clementine > Good Morning Little School Girl*

Source: SB (Jools)
Sound: A-
Score: 98 pts

Comments:
Clementine is on So Many Roads Boxed set.

Highlights:
Fantastic Violas Blues, Other One rages, great Schoolgirl

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-02.sbd.jools.15801.sbeok.shnf



2/3/68 - Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose, Born Cross-Eyed > Jam > Dark Star > China Cat > Eleven > Feedback

Source: SB (Jools)
Sound: B+/A- slight hiss
Score: 96 pts

Comments:
Neil Cassidy dies this night.

Highlights:
Cryptical/Other One, terrific Potato, sick China/Eleven!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-03.sbd.jools.14987.sbeok.shnf


This post was modified by Cliff Hucker on 2007-04-29 00:49:55

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 28, 2007 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Cliff ... ever considered a career in Archaeology?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 28, 2007 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Hmmmm, actually yes!

Cliff lost his virginity to a gorgeous octoroon attending an archeology camp at Washington & Lee University during the same summer week Cliff was attending a Lacrosse camp there...

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Apr 28, 2007 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

1-20 .. always loved the Potato.

2-2 .. furious, sick. Viola is sick.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 28, 2007 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Ah, here's a thread to sink your teeth into.

What I love about the two twenty something shows (20 & 22) is Jerry's tone on the solos, especially beloved Clementine. This tone is a feature that I think Strat & Earl have commented on before with their knowledge of his guitars over the years.

Really love the sound in the late August 68 shows, especially 8-23-68 (the 'filler,' wherever it is from, is a great example of that which I speak).

Bottom line, enjoy!

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Apr 28, 2007 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tour of the Great Northwest

YES! what a good stretch of shows! not to mention they contain 3 of the 5 clementines ever performed. Thank you for the reminder, Cliff. Just listened to Max's recommended 1994 show (which wasn't terrible, but was still 1994 and all that comes with that year), so I could use a good 68 show to rinse out my ears.

I also applaud this effort to administer CPR to the board. Nothing better to bury spam than some good 1968 shows. Now if we can only find a way to bury the posts of smi2les.

EDIT: Sorry smi2les or whatever your name is, didn't realize that your re-posts were in an attempt to bury spam. Thanks for the effort, but perhaps it would be better to simply post new stuff, like Cliff here is doing.

This post was modified by JamminJerome on 2007-04-28 20:04:48

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 28, 2007 10:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Here, here! I second that emotion. Living in the Great NorthWest I have loved these shows for a long long time. Thanks for bringing them to light Cliff. Good vibes from Portland, OR to wherever you may be tonight.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 12, 2008 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! (Tour of the Great Northwest)

Hey Hucker! - You mentioned these to me recently and now I am following-up on that recommendation......I've been doing quite a bit of the pre-1970 stuff lately.

Thanks for this post, I'll be certain to review a show or two here.

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 28, 2007 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing, Swing, Swing! -Review of 1.22.68

1.22.68-Seattle

The Alligator really features the whole band just going for it! (I have a question-Is this exclusively Pig on the Keyboards because if it is he is rocking out!)

The Other One starts out with some alternative lyrics from Weir.

The New Potato features Bobby in a very laid back vocal style. Which Jerry amplifies with his playing. It almost feels like one very long mind blowing Cryptical.

Cliff is dead-on about the Spanish Jam. I almost expect to hear them go into Green Grass or some similar cowboy tune .

Dark Star is very zippy and is in the flavor of the Spanish jam. The China Cat is moving very fast. It is also heading in many directions at the same time. I am picturing trying to dance to this one and all I see is arms and legs everywhere and ending up in a puddle on the floor. The Eleven is a perfect choice because they are already riding a multi-dimensional wave.

The jam between the Eleven and Caution jam is high octaine Grateful Dead with Pig? solidly in the mix on keys.

I am trying to figure why Cliff gives this only 98? Perhaps the hiss on sound quality, The only other thing i picked up on was the Born Cross Eyed was extremely brief but the feedback it drops into was plenty fine. Hey 98 out of 100 is way better than the 3 out of 5 some reviewer on the archive gave it. (Do the Math)

There are some cool reviews to read if you follow the link to the show.